Ventnor and Atlantic City Noreaster

Nancy Roche, of Margate, tries to control her umbrella in the strong winds on the Ventnor Boardwalk. Tuesday March 14, 2017. (Viviana Pernot / Staff Photographer)

The rain from Michael will end early Friday. However, gusty winds from a combination of Michael and a monstrous high pressure will not. It will be those gusty winds that bring in autumn, at last, to South Jersey.

Michael will lose its grip across the region early. Rain will exit the coast during the morning rush, at the latest. On its heels will be sunshine, and plenty of it. In fact, some of you toward the I-95 corridor may see sun at sunrise.

This will all stem from a cold front that will be poised to sweep through. Once it does, we will kiss the warm season goodbye until 2019. It will be like the flip of a switch. One hour, we’ll have an onshore winds and sticky air. The next hour, we’ll have strong northwest winds, a crash in humidity and even falling temperatures. I expect that it will feel like fall by noon.

It will still be gusty in the morning. Gusts in the 40s are expected for Cape May County, with 30s elsewhere. This will calm down by the afternoon. Temperatures will hover in the mid-60s throughout the day, quickly dropping into the 50s during the p.m. rush.

Then, here comes fall! It will still be a little breezy, but the clear night will be enough to drop the mainland into the mid- to upper-40s. In another sign of the times, the shore will be much warmer, in the mid- to upper-50s. Good sleeping weather, especially when compared to the past couple of nights.

The quick change will continue into Saturday, where the heater in your house will breathe its first signs of life. There may be some early sun, but clouds will spread over the region quickly. This will be a classic cold season, as opposed to warm season, setup. Following a large cold front, we will see a mid-level energy pass through, bringing clouds and showers between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. It will be raw and gray for much of the day. Then, the sun should quickly come back out. Highs? Only in the upper-50s. Wow.

Saturday night will then be even chillier. The shore will get down to around 50, the mainland around 40, and I bet the Pinelands will get down in upper-30s, with an outside possibility of frost.

Sunday will be a bright, crisp autumn day. Football weather for sure. Highs will be in the low- to mid-60s as high pressure dominates.

Meteorologist

This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.